Strangely Familiar

by Tiff Randol

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This morning I thought of my beautiful friend Michal The Girl who died a few days ago. I think of her and her loving husband Jay, and I picture them cracking jokes, talking in funny anime voices, and doing those strangely familiar things that people do when they have been together for a long time. Perhaps I am becoming bored with instant gratification and the never-ending stream of “new” things on my computer screen because it has recently dawned on me how much I love, and hold dear, the familiar.

When I say familiar, I am not talking about being comfortable. To be “comfortable”, I once read in an Osho book, is to have one foot in the grave. The familiar is something magical and invigorating, like my morning cup of coffee or a game of Scrabble: familiar, yet with new life.

My parents are a perfect example. I could point to at least twenty habits each that have gone unchanged my entire life. They may poke each other the way they have for 25 years, but when I remember to breathe in and listen, I notice that my parents are a little different from the day before.

While the old becomes new, the new can also be quite old and familiar. Most obvious, perhaps, is the new stranger in my life. The face is new, the habits unknown, yet there is something deeply familiar as I breathe up my spine--that strangely familiar scent.

Life is like the bloom of a rose in slow motion. Many of us don’t like to see it that way because, in our minds, we register that the rose wilts and dies, and we see that as less beautiful.

But, whether the dried shell of one hangs on our walls, or the effusive blooms of many sit on our dining tables, a rose is always magical and invigorating. Each one has a familiar, yet unique fragrance. It takes its time blooming and then wilts quickly when it is finished. Does that equate to people blooming late in life? That is what I see with my parents. I listen and look at them, and they are just beginning to radiate with wisdom. Why is it that each day life becomes a little more beautiful than the day before? Is the rose blooming or wilting? Does it even matter?

This is for Michal and Jay, my parents, and the stranger. This is for the people I meet and the places I go, the music in my head, and the emotions of my soul, all of which give off that strangely familiar scent.

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10% of all Album Sale profits will go to Reverie and Jackson Snyder. Please consider donating to help raise Michal and Jay's babies by going to www.thesnydertwins.com

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released December 10, 2011

mixed by Michael Eisenstein
cover art by Zachary Williams

Please consider donating to help raise Michal and Jay's babies by going to www.thesnydertwins.com

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Track Name: Won't Give Up
In my head
Words you said
Your voice I can't forget

A picture of you
and I know the truth
It's you I hold onto
I won't give up
I won't give up on you

If I lay my love out on the line
Will you lay me down with your love?
I'll never let you go
No I won't give up
won't give up
won't give up
won't give up on us

In your eyes
I can't hide
Like the sun you shine

It's too late
To call it a day
Can't walk away from you now
I won't give up
I won't give up on you

If I lay my love out on the line
Will you lay me down with your love?
I'll never let you go
No I won't give up
won't give up
won't give up
won't give up on us
Track Name: Hold Yourself On High
A rose colored moon through a starry night
A childhood dream that never died
A crystal ball like a womans sight
And the vows you make when you're dressed in white

When I Close My Eyes
It All Disappears
Cause Nothing Here is Real

With Your Heart to the Sky
Hold Yourself on High
Let No One Stand Above You
And Know That You Are

Wicked is as wicked does, that's what she said
And the man above told me he was my friend
All this pixie dust from the sky
Showers down on me, don't know why

When I Close My Eyes
It All Disappears
Cause Nothing Here is Real

With Your Heart to the Sky
Hold Yourself on High
Let No One Stand Above You
And Know That You Are

When You think you've seen it all
the shadows on the wall start to fall
Breathe, another memory, you'll soon begin to see
you'll Breathe another memory,

When I Close My Eyes
There's Nothing to Fear
Cause Nothing Here is Real

With Your Heart to the Sky
Hold Yourself on High
Let No One Stand Above You
And Know That You Are
Track Name: Be Still My Heart
Hand to hand
Flesh to flesh
I fall
Just a touch
Afraid to give you too much
Too soon

I'm starting to feel again
Becoming unfrozen
This time I'll be smart
Be still my heart
Behind this veil I feel
Something quite beautiful
It's you that I want
Be still my heart

Every time I'm in your arms
I fall off a cliff and
Catch myself before
It's too late

I'm starting to feel again
Becoming unfrozen
This time I'll be smart
Be still my heart
Behind this veil I feel
Something quite beautiful
It's you that I want
Be still my heart

So many times I dove in the lake
Should've stayed dry
Should've played it safe
This time I'll wait for the moment to come

I'm starting to feel again
Becoming unfrozen
This time I'll be smart
Be still my heart
Behind this veil I feel
Something quite beautiful
It's you that I want
Be still my heart
Be still my heart
Be still
Track Name: Strangely Familiar Scent
Love, let me bury my face in your neck
And breathe in that strangely familiar scent
As I stop to slowly take you in
I realize I’ve gone and done it again

I lose myself
over and over again
I lose myself

And though I may not know you well
You’ve got that strangely familiar smell
So I surrender despite myself
Lover I’m certain
I’m addicted to the way

I lose myself and
Breathe you like the spring
I lose myself

Love let me take you in once more
One more chance
to get high before we go and

I lose myself
in memories of sweet sufferings
Oh I love you
I love you
I love you
Track Name: Silently Blind
Stripes and kites and raindrops in the sky
the moon has caught his eye, softly she cries
On and on and on this wandering eye
This lie she can’t live

You break my heart every time and
leave me silently blind
you broke my heart and
I’m drawing the line

Stumble, tumble trying to hunt you down
this mountainous terrain has got me down
Colder, harsh winds
The seasons start to pull me under
please don’t stop until its over

You break my heart every time and
leave me silently blind
you broke my heart and I’m drawing the line

If I stay here will I live to see tomorrow?
But can I go back and face another day?
You break my heart every time and
leave me silently blind
you broke my heart and I’m drawing the line
Track Name: Laundry List
Maybe I'm not too sure if you're my man
Dirty Dish Pans In the Kitchen Sink
Maybe I'm not too sure you fit the plan
All these demands just made me think..

You make my heart skip a beat
And I'm not sayin you don't sweep me off my feet

1 2 3... Oh, Would you Change some things for me?
4 5 6... Oh, Here's my Laundry List
If you want to grow up soon
I'll be waiting for you

Maybe you think I sound a bit old-fashioned,
Don't mean to trash ya, but cut that hair!
Maybe you're so proud of all the things you're achievin
I'm sure you've got your reasons, but I don't care....

You make my heart skip a beat
And I'm not sayin you don't sweep me off my feet

1 2 3... Oh, Would you Change some things for me?
4 5 6... You're not gettin out of this
1 2 3... Oh, Would you Change some things for me?
4 5 6... Oh, Here's my Laundry List
If you want to grow up soon
I'll be waiting for you